Notice of the Annual General Meeting

Moorland Medical Centre

Patient Participation Group

Notice is hereby given that the Annual general meeting of the Patient Participation Group will be held commencing at 9.45am on Tuesday 5th July 2022 in the Community Room, St Luke’s Church, Fountain Street, Leek, Staffs.

Patients of this Practice are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting and are welcome to stay for the normal monthly meeting which will follow the AGM.

Spring Booster Covid Vaccination Campaign

This week marks the start of the Spring Booster Covid Vaccination Campaign nationally (essentially phase 4). This will be targeting the over 75 years and over and those aged

12 years and over who are clinically extremely vulnerable. LVS (Local Vaccination Service / GP run Vaccination Centres) have predominantly been asked to stand down from this phase of vaccine delivery, so that we can focus on providing core General Practice services. Leek and Biddulph PCN have decided to adhere to this guidance. We have not taken this decision lightly as we have prided ourselves on being able to deliver phase 1,2, and 3 to our patients in their locality. However, running the vaccine clinics, as well as simultaneously performing all the routine everyday core work has taken a huge toll on General Practice staff, thus to provide a sustainable service going forward we have stepped down from spring boosters.


As of April, we are officially putting our two vaccination centres in Leek and Biddulph into ‘hibernation’ and currently fully intend to reopen them if an Autumn/Winter 2022 booster campaign is needed. We appreciate this will potentially inconvenience some of our patients but there are now a number of excellent local vaccine clinics that can be found on the NBS (National Booking Service)


Please be reassured that our patients residing in a care home, or who are registered as housebound, will still be catered for with a visiting service who can administer the vaccine in patient’s homes. We are working closely with MPFT (Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust) who will be providing this service, we will advise those patients affected on the specifics of this process in due course.


With over 50,000 vaccines now delivered by the PCN since we started in January 2021, I would like to again take this opportunity to thank all staff in the PCN, and all volunteers that have helped at both sites. Without your hard work and dedication, the success achieved in the vaccination campaigns in Leek and Biddulph would not have been possible.


Many Thanks

Dr Neil Briscoe 

Wearing a face covering in GP Practices

Face coverings are no longer mandatory in a number of settings from 26 January 2022.

However, we are still asking that you wear a face covering in our practice to help keep yourselves, other patients, and staff safe.

When visiting our practice, you will still be required to wear a face covering.  This will keep everyone safe from COVID-19.

You could have COVID-19 and not even know about it. That’s why anyone entering this practice must continue to wear a face covering after 26 January 2022.

If you are visiting the practice, you will still be asked to wear a face covering after 26 January 2022. If you don’t have one, please ask a member of staff and they will help you.

Thank you to everyone who continues to wear a face covering when visiting our

practice – you are helping to keep yourselves, our patients and our staff safe from


If you’re coming into the practice, you will still be required to wear a face covering.

Help to keep everyone safe at your local practice.

All Staff at Moorland Medical Centre work hard to provide an excellent service to our patients


We are not here to suffer physical, or verbal abuse from patients, their relatives or members of the Public.


This practice operates a zero-tolerance policy with regards to violence or abuse. ANY patient or their relative who use threatening or offensive behaviour, either verbal or physical, in person or via the telephone or social media could be removed from the practice in order to protect our staff and other patients.

Flu Campaign 2021/22



This year there will be lots of safe options, and all patients MUST pre-book an appointment slot in advance.

Everyone eligible needs to pre-book an appointment at the surgery.

Appointment at the surgery

We will be holding clinic sessions from Monday 20th September 2021. Each appointment will be with a dedicated Nurse.  There will be Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) preparation and cleaning. There will be a one way system. Entry to the surgery will be by the front door and exit by the back door. For those patients with a disability please ring the back doorbell and we will attend to you.

    • Please do not attend if you or any members of your household have symptoms of Coronavirus or if you have been told to isolate (e.g. high temp, continuous cough, loss of taste or smell). Please cancel your appointment and rearrange when you are feeling well.

    • To arrive on your own unless accompanied by a carer or you have an appointment at the same time as your family member

    • Do not arrive early or late for your appointment time: we have allocated a strict number of patients per period to ensure that people are queueing for the minimum of time and social distancing is maintained.

    • Please wear a face covering. If you are exempt from wearing a mask, please be prepared to provide evidence of this.

    • Please follow the instructions for queuing. The queue will be controlled to ensure social distancing. If you are in a wheelchair or have very limited mobility, please make yourself know to the queue marshall who will be wearing a luminous yellow jacket.

    • Please wear suitable clothing so that the Nurse can administer the vaccination easily to your upper arm

    • Depending on the weather, please be prepared for bad weather and remain in your car and come to the front door as close to your appointment time as possible

    • Please heed the instructions of the staff who are supervising the patient flow – they are there for your safety.

Home visits are available - for medically housebound patients only upon request. Please ring the surgery to have your name added to the home visit list.

How to book: If you are eligible: · Please telephone Reception any week day to book your flu vaccination on 01538 399008 or book your appointment online on patient access.

How to decline: If you already know that you don’t want a flu vaccine at all please email or ring the surgery to tell us on either or 01538 399008

Who should get the flu vaccine? This year the flu vaccine is being offered on the NHS to:

    • adults 65 and over (including anyone who will be 65 by the 31st March 2022)
    • people with certain medical conditions (including children in at-risk groups from 6 months of age)
    • pregnant women
    • CARERS - including people living with someone who's at high risk from coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list)
    • children aged 2 and 3 on 31 August 2021
    • children in primary school (n.b. these vaccines are available via the school ONLY)
    • children in year 7 (secondary school) (n.b. these vaccines are available via the school ONLY)
    • frontline health or social care workers
    • If you're aged 50 to 64 but also in another at-risk group, you should book for your flu vaccine and not wait
    • If you’re aged 50 to 64 and were not already in an at risk group, please ensure the practice has a correct mobile number or email address for you, as details will be sent by text.

I am almost 65, am I eligible now? Yes. As with previous years, anyone who will be 65 years old by the 31st March 2022 will be entitled to receive a flu vaccine from the 65+ supply even before they physically turn 65.

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